Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
U.S. Player Ratings
by Ridge Mahoney, August 13th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MEXICO-USA] Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney grades the U.S. players in their 2-1 loss to Mexico Wednesday at Azteca Stadium.

MEXICO-USA (2-1)
U.S. PLAYER RATINGS
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G

STARTERS
5 Tim Howard (Everton/ENG) 44/0
Solid save stopped Giovanni Dos Santos at the near post in the first half. No chance on first Mexican goal, but failure to challenge allowed Miguel Sabah too much time to fire into the roof of the net.

6 Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/GER) 54/2
Left stranded often against Andres Guardado and Cuauhtemoc Blanco and usually defused the danger. Passed accurately out of pressure several times.

7 Oguchi Onyewu  (AC Milan/ITA) 48/5
A monster in the air and on the floor. Deftly stripped attackers of the ball and repelled anything that dropped into his vicinity. A step slow to react on Sabah's goal when the ball bounced right to the Mexican forward.

5 Jay DeMerit (Watford/ENG) 16/0
Stepped forward to play as a stopper at times, which disrupted Mexico's attacks but occasionally left a hole. Tripped Guardado and received a caution when he came over late to help Cherundolo defend a two-v-one.

4 Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes/FRA) 70/11
Won his share of balls and also gave a few away with bad passes. Mistimed jump on cross in first half permitted Giovanni Dos Santos to blast away at point-blank range.

4 Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo) 24/1

Tackled and moved well for most of the first half, elected to mark an opponent and left a big hole when Israel Castro hammered in his shot.

5 Michael Bradley (Bor. M'gladbach/GER) 34/6
A good game overall but left the middle open on giveaway that Mexico exploited. Played ball that Donovan relayed to Davies for U.S. goal.

4 Clint Dempsey (Fulham/ENG) 57/16
Dropped back to win balls and help keep possession, but contributed little to the offense. Switched the point of attack in first half to start an attacking sequence.

5 Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) 116/41
Great pass to set up U.S. goal for Davies, served consistently on corner kicks and free kicks, ill-advised dribble in own half resulted in turnover from which Mexico produced its first goal. Beaten for pace by Efrain Juarez when young Mexican set up the winning goal.

6 Charlie Davies (Sochaux/FRA) 14/4
Took his chance to score excellent goal, battled for balls in midfield yet seldom found the opportunity and space to test Mexico again. Threw himself at balls on set plays.

4 Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo) 42/11
Drew a couple of free kicks by holding balls under pressure. Otherwise failed to unhinge Mexico's central defense other than on set play that produced a headed clearance for a corner.

SUBSTITUTES
5 Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo) 6/2
Brought his rugged energy to the fray and set up a good opportunity with a decent cross.

4 Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus/DEN) 24/2
Bypassed when the U.S. got the ball and not a factor defensively.

3 Jozy Altidore (Hull City/ENG) 17/7
Chased the game from the moment he stepped on the field and never caught up.

(1=bad; 5=average; 10=brilliant.)



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Woodwork can't hold down USA     
[CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP] About the only thing that stood in the way of the U.S. women's ...
Fire goes out with late win over Houston    
[MLS: Friday] Frenchman Florent Sinama-Pongolle made sure Chicago did not finish the MLS season with another ...
James' skills highlight Real Madrid pre-clasico practice    
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] The Real Madrid-Barcelona clasico delivers entertainment even before kickoff. Here's a 40-second peek ...
What They're Saying: Luis Suarez    
"Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out ...
Ft. Lauderdale is ready for challenge against red-hot Eddies    
[NASL: Week 16] Minnesota United FC and the 2013 champion New York Cosmos played to a ...
Finlay signs new deal with Columbus    
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] For helping drive Columbus into the playoffs after a two-year absence, midfielder Ethan Finlay ...
Referee suspended after felony arrest on fraud charges    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Referee Jose Carlos Rivero, who has worked 17 MLS matches in 2014, has been ...
Wambach nominated for Women's Player of the Year    
[AWARDS] Abby Wambach, who leads the U.S. women with 10 goals but is no longer a ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Thursday] Seyi Adekoya teamed up with fellow freshman Chase Gasper to break a 1-1 tie ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"None of this is personal. Some things could have been phrased differently because the actual opinions ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives